I daily work alongside people who suffer prejudice and hate based on religion, gender, race or some other quality. It was only in recent days that I personally suffered such prejudice based upon the equation you are X, and therefore you are unworthy of Y. X being the quality such as religion, and Y being the right or liberty that all in society enjoy, but is denied to the target of the prejudice based upon X. Such hatred can be something minor such as denying an individual of their opinion on a matter because of X; all the way to people being exterminated in a gas chamber for being a Jew.
Upon being asked how they defined prejudice in a youth conference in the 1950’s, Raul Contreras, aged 15 at the time, said:
When a person loses track of the dignity of the human soul and begins to judge others not on the basis of their being persons, but on the basis of race, creed, economic status, that is prejudice.Raul Contreras
In my personal exprience of prejudice, where I, as a human soul, was dismissed out of existence based upon X; I was deeply distressed at this first ever pure denial of my existence as a human being by two bigots. One feels tainted, humiliated, violated and justly angry at such a situation, as I did.
One finds that even if one was to challenge such bigots by reason of pointing out the prejudice and the impacts of such prejudice, the bigots lack empathy, compassion or insight to see that point of view. Indeed, one suffers invalidation, denial and threats. It is an unlikely outcome that a bigot will ever be illuminated as to the wrong and injustice of their prejudice.
How does one deal with such bigots? Well, if I have used reason and provided the bigot with the opportunity of enlightenment, and failed, it is time to move on. The nature of the blind bigot is they are doomed to repeat their harmful activity again and again; so the only good action is to remove them from the life of the self. Life is too short to host bigots, who bring to the table nothing but poison, thus it is a case of mitigating harm, or removing them from being an influence; to give the bigot no further opportunity to bring suffering to the life of the self.